Review: John Day - Mind Numbing Thriller Not For Sensitive Eyes
Review: John Day - Mind Numbing Thriller Not For Sensitive Eyes
Rating: 2.5/5 (Two & Half Stars)

John Day, is as taut and lifeless as its name suggests. Brilliant actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda have played the good and the evil on-screen and right as you would expect them to deliver. However, the script isn’t as exciting and as lively as the characters. Director Ashishor Solomon’s efforts are apparently visible throughout the movie but with a dull climax like ‘John Day’, you can consider skipping it instead.

With a budget of Rs. 17 Crores, and 900 screens in its kitty John Day is set to release on 13th,September. The first half would set some expectations in your mind, but would leave you unsatisfied towards the climax. There’s sorrow,grief and merciless killing of people in the movie. The story revolves around a mysterious death of a young girl in Casablanca Estate. Victim’s father, a god fearing and an honest bank manager who unfolds the mystery behind her sudden death, loses himself in the chase.

What good it is if a man gains the world,but loses himself ! “

This should explain it all about this remake of Spanish movie La Caja 507. Most of the characters in the movie are troubled from their pasts and with those haunting incidents they tend to lose humanity before they even know it. In the movie ‘John Day’ Gaurav (Randeep Hooda) is a cold blooded and violent ex-cop who would do anything for money and Casablanca Estate documents. His Iranian girlfriend (originally born in Moscow ) is played by beautiful lady Elena Kazan as a depressed alcoholic woman – Tabassum whose only desire is to have a family with Gaurav and have a baby with him.

Elena made her first debut with Saif Ali Khan in Agent Vinod and is well worsed in multiple languages. (Has a similar accent like Kangana Ranaut ). Shernaz Patel plays the victim’s mother. An innocent woman’s head is hammered, a man’s neck and another man’s tongue is brutally bitten off and the entire movie witnesses one after another murder. There’s no escape, no relief till the time you get out of theaters.

The movie showcases utter reality of the good and evil and the thin line drawn between them. Its shocking when you realize the devil inside has taken over the good side. The movie though was totally unpredictable,closely knitted and ‘out of the league’ among the usual Bollywood stories but the entertainment factor was quite low. Regardless of talented actors like Vipin Sharma and Makrand Deshpande, none could leave a mark in the end. With a beautiful and mystical beginning, John Day couldn’t suffice the hunger of an equally dramatic and lively plotline and climax.

With John Day’s release, two other movies of different genres are releasing this Friday namely “Horror Story” (genre : Horror) and “Grand Masti” ( genre : Comedy). Its expected that these movies would give John Day a tough competition.

The movie is intense and has disturbing scenes. Nothing like a usual thriller movie but not very exciting either. Bring a Dvd home and watch it, if you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on a thriller drama with bare minimum entertainment and happiness. Not a good watch to be seen with family or for sensitive people. Most of the audience could skip it without a second thought. Watch it only for the B-town gems Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah and the rising star Elena Kazan.